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Angie's List: Do-It-Yourself projects

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Experts say some 43 million homeowners attempt a Do-It-Yourself project each year. But they are not without risk. Experts say about one in five gets hurt.

Homeowner Sarah Saucedo fell in love with the look of black-painted interior doors after seeing pictures online.

"I love DIY. I love projects. I thought this one would be really simple. I've painted doors before. I use spray paint all the time and this was going to be really simple, maybe an hour long project if that and it turned into a huge mess," said Saucedo.

Saucedo says she removed the grid on the door and took it to the garage for priming. But when she returned she found her glass atrium door shattered in a million pieces on her back patio.

"All of us will attempt DIY projects at some point in our life. Let's face it, it's fun, it's your house, you enjoy doing things to make it a better place, but you need to know whether you are getting yourself in over your head. If it's a project you've never tackled you might consider consulting with a professional. People don't realize that the pros may offer some advice. They may charge you for an hour of consultation which might save you a lot of headaches," said Angie's List Founder, Angie Hicks.


Homeowner Jonathan Metzger called a professional for help with his bathroom remodel when he realized the project was more than he could handle.


"When you get into a project like that it seems a bit daunting to begin with, but then you start the demo and you take the walls down and you take out a cast iron tub and see all the inner workings and that's where you start to see the complexity," said Metzger.

"I think the reason DIY is still so popular is because there is so much media attention. There's television shows, magazines, websites - all show how projects can be done but sometimes consumers get themselves in over their head," said Hicks.

When it comes to DIY projects experts offer these tips; avoid temporary fixes, don't skip any steps, and don't force things together. Those kinds of solutions often don't last long.

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